Summary: Analysis of Tapial structures for modern use and conservation
P.A. Jaquin, & C.E. Augarde
School of Engineering, University of Durham, UK.
Department of Archaeology, University of Durham, UK.
Tapial is an ancient form of rammed earth wall con-
struction found in many parts of the world. In me-
dieval Spain, Tapial was used in the construction of
some very large and complex structures. This paper
is concerned with a particular set of buildings in
Spain constructed with this technique.
The building under investigation here is the Pre-
ceptory at Ambel, Zaragoza in northern Spain which
dates from the 10th
century. (Part of the building is
shown in Figure 1). It is made almost entirely from
Rammed Earth (Tapial) and Adobe bricks. The ar-
chaeological history of the building has been exten-
sively studied by the 3rd